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President and CEO of Velcura Therapeutics Inc. Named the 2008 Grant Thornton Leader and Innovator of the Year
Date:5/9/2008

biology and master's and doctoral degrees in human physiology from Wayne State University's School of Medicine. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center and sabbatical training at one of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute laboratories. A professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan until 2003, Dr. Long left the university to lead his biotechnology firm dedicated to fighting bone disease. He led the development of 15 patents at U-M, as well as three recent patents at Velcura. Dr. Long has served on multiple national grant review committees at the National Institutes of Health and other national organizations. He speaks at many scientific conferences, has been a reviewer for numerous scientific publications and authored more than 70 articles.

"Life sciences and biotechnology are strongly growing fields in Michigan and will provide novel therapies and medical devices to cure diseases," Dr. Long said. "It's a very exciting time to be in the field." More than 250 million people in the world suffer from bone diseases and Velcura Therapeutics is developing highly differentiated therapies such as VEL-0230, which just ended a successful Phase I clinical trial. These diseases have an overall 18.5 percent growth rate and the market for their treatment is expected to reach $65 billion by 2030.

Additional information about Leader & Innovator award is posted at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders and each spring a Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year is selected from among weekly honorees profiled in co-sponsor WWJ News Radio 950's Great Lakes IT Report.

About Velcura Therapeutics, Inc.

Velcura Therapeutics Inc. is an early stage biotechnology company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Velcura's research focus is to understand human bone disease and to discover novel therapeutics that restore bone health. Velcura develops
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